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Germany team to wear black armbands in Helmut Kohl tribute

The American Jewish Committee on Saturday said former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, who passed away Friday at 87 years old, “was always a champion of European unity and the transatlantic alliance”.MOSCOW (AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin says former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl played a key role forming his outlook on the world. Among the State of Israel’s greatest friends, he was completely dedicated to its security.Described the “greatest European leader of the second half of the 20th century” by US Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Kohl struck up a close partnership with French President Francois Mitterand, which helped ease the way to the 1992 Maastricht Treaty setting up the European Union and the introduction of the euro. His admiration for Israel and Zionism found expression in my many meetings with him and in his resolute stand in favor of Israel, which he constantly presented in Europe and in worldwide forums.”We are in sorrow”, his Christian Democratic Union (CDU) said on Twitter in announcing his death.Kohl left active politics in 2002.His vision was for a reunified Germany that was at the heart of an enlarged European Union and a staunch North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member.Kohl considered Konrad Adenauer – West Germany’s visionary first chancellor, who allowed the nation to make a fresh start after World War II – as an ideological forefather. After a fall in 2008 he suffered from impaired speech and used a wheelchair.After Britain voted to quit the EU, Kohl gave a rare interview to Bild in 2016, urging the bloc’s member states to not apply too much pressure on London.